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Location: Athens, Ga, United States

Our son Ryan was diagnosed with stage 4 Neuroblastoma in 2004. In 2007, my wife Missy was diagnosed with stage 2 triple negative breast cancer. On July 8th, 2009, Missy lost her battle to this horrible disease. 2 days later, on July 10th, Ryan also lost his. Together forever, they both watch over our family now from the heavens above. Below is our families journey through Ryan's treatments, along with the joy and laughter we tried to instill into our daily lives. Those days helped us all cope with the pain and suffering that comes with cancer and it's deadly treatments. Both Missy and Ryan endured high doses of chemo, radiation and surgeries. Over 150 nights spent in the hospital and many, many more days. More transfusions than I could count. Yet both Missy and Ryan took on each day with a positive attitude and warm smile for all their friends. We miss them terribly. They will always be a shining light in our lives.

Thursday, January 20, 2005


Getting a little closer

Today is Day +7 and Ryan's white count is .23!! It did dip back down yesterday to <.1, but his white cells will get used up fighting infection as soon as they are made. Hopefully, they will go up, up, and up from here. He walked 13 laps at 1:30 this morning. Les and I had to walk in our pj's, but Ryan absolutely refused to go out in his pajamas. His mouth is still very sore and it is difficult for him to talk. We have been looking at puppies on the computer. He wants to get a puppy that can sleep on his bed. He is so excited about that. I don't know how Les and I will ever manage with a dog in the house, but we just will. We got our new green wrist bands yesterday. You can purchase green "reach the day" wrist bands like the yellow "live strong" ones at (go to the gift shop) that will fund pediatric cancer research. Thank you all for your continued prayers. It looks like Caroline will be going home in a day or so. I know they are so looking forward to a break, please continue to pray for her. She still has one transplant to go. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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